Mamba Out, Never Forgotten - Tribute to 8.24

7:42 PM Saturday, February 1, 2020 adrian oh 2 Comments

I never like the Kobe Bryant #8, he was young, cocky, full of himself, unproven, flashy, selfish, ball hogger, and just another Jordan #23 imitator. (Remember Jerry Stackhouse... or Harold Miner?)

That's all he was, at least a decade long, for me as a fan of NBA plus The Lakers Nation.

Then he evolved.

No longer shadowed by the great Shaq #34.

He started to understand it requires a team to win World Champion.

He took up the responsibility as the undisputed leader.

In order to win, he had to involve his teammates more, and make them better too.

Maturing to the battled-tested Kobe #24...

I started to appreciate and like him.

For not his 81 points a game, not his 5 NBA rings, not his cold-blooded-assassin clutch shot that kills the enemy, but for what his mindset, aka Mamba Mentality truly represents.

The 5 pillars of Mamba Mentality:

  • Passion
  • Obsession
  • Relentless
  • Resilient
  • Fearlessness
Mamba Mentality, to sum it up - it means to be able to constantly try to be the best version of yourself. It's a constant, never ending, relentless quest to try to better today than you were yesterday at whatever you are doing, especially so for your craft.

My mamba kicks, remind me of Kobe's values, and important of living it.

27th Jan 2020 - Third day of CNY (年初三), it's a sad day, real sad day, for me.

To learn that both you and your daughter, Gigi, both passed away in a tragic helicopter crash.

RIP. Kobe Bryant, Gigi, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser and Ara Zobayan,

Kobe, I just want to say thank you - for dedicating your life work to the game of basketball, and showing us what it takes to achieve greatness.

Mamba mentality is the greatest legacy you left behind for basketball fans and humanity.

你唯一带得走的, 是你死后大家还记得的东西

You will be missed. Mamba never really out, the mindset and spirit will be remembered for generations to come.

Heroes come and go, but legends are forever.
You, my hero, my inspiration, have a good rest.

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